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Fascinating Facts About Humans And Animals

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - If yours is like most households in the United States,  you have at least one pet.

That’s a good thing, considering that people who understand health  care have discovered something interesting about animals—they can help  improve your health.

How Pets Help Your Health

According to Dr. Heather Douglas, DVM, St.  George’s University/School of Veterinary Medicine, ‘06, pets  can be good for you in four ways. They can decrease your:

• Blood pressure

• Cholesterol levels

• Triglyceride levels

• Feelings of loneliness.

The CDC goes on to say that pets can increase your:

• Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities

• Opportunities for socialization.

Adds Dr. Douglas, it’s a good idea to include your dog in your  exercise regimen. Whether it’s running, walking or even yoga (which  dogs seem to enjoy), start slowly and gradually build up tolerance to avoid  injury to either of you. One day a week of yoga practice can improve your  flexibility, strength, balance and focus.

“Based on a study by Glenn N. Levine and others published in the  Circulation journal of the American Heart Association,” she says, “there  is an association between pet ownership (primarily cat or dog) and lower  blood pressure. It was also found that dog owners, who are more likely to  exercise with their pet, may have a reduced risk of obesity. Dog ownership is  also associated with decreased cardiovascular risk and may have some role in  reducing cardiovascular disease.

“The human-animal bond is an amazing phenomenon that offers health  benefits to both the person and pet. Incorporating man’s best friend  into a workout regime can add fun to exercise, while improving the health of  both the human and animal involved.”

Furthermore, according to a study by the Stroke Institute of Minnesota,  owning a cat can dramatically reduce your chances of dying from heart disease  by 30 percent. The researchers suspect a dog study would provide similar  results.

A Smart Place To Study These Ideas

One place where the study of the interaction between humans and animals is  at the forefront is St.  George’s University, a fully accredited center of international  medical and veterinary education on the island  of Grenada in the Caribbean.  There, faculty from 140 countries and students from around the world are  looking into how learning about the health of humans and animals can be  related.

At St. George’s,  the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Public  Health and Preventive Medicine and the Windward Islands Research and  Education Foundation provide a collaboration of expertise to support the  concept of “One Health, One Medicine” and to take students from  residency to fellowship training to employment. It’s all part of the  university’s global approach to medicine.

Learn More

If you are interested in a career in medicine, veterinary medicine or  public health, visit www.sgu.edu/future-students.